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Partial Government Shutdown Complicates Alaska Landslide Response

The partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days has complicated efforts to clear a key roadway following a landslide on southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island. About 300 people have been affected by the closure, and an old logging road …

California Storms Lead to Worry Over Potential Mudslides

A year after a mudslide swept through a fire-devastated California town, killing 21 people, residents of hundreds homes in burn areas were told to pack up and leave as a Pacific storm threatened potential catastrophe. In Riverside County east of …

Alaska Quake Underscores Problem With Seward Highway Rocks

The big earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska on Nov. 30 dislodged several dump trucks’ worth of rocks and debris from the steep rock walls that line the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm. The event underscored a problem well-known to state …

Report Documents 4 California Bluff Collapses Since August

A seaside bluff collapse that briefly interrupted train service last week near San Diego was the fourth such landslide since August, but officials insist the trains are safe to ride, according to a newspaper report Sunday. A long-planned project to …

Washington Town Evacuates Due to Slow-Moving Landslide

A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable – the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway. …

Predicted Landslide in Washington Forces Residents to Evacuate

An estimated 50 residents in central Washington state need to evacuate due to a slow-moving landslide that’s expected to break loose by the end of February, authorities said. About 80 percent of those living near Thorp Road below Rattlesnake Ridge …

Massive Slide Covers Stretch of Iconic California Coastal Highway

A massive new landslide along California’s iconic coastal Highway 1 has buried the road under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt, the latest hit in winter of crippling slides and flooding. A swath of the hillside gave way in …

Montana Courts Finds That Falling Boulders Constitute ‘Earth Movement’ for Purposes of Policy Exclusion

The Montana Supreme Court in Parker v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 384 Mont. 125, 2016 MT 173, 376 P.3d 114 (2016), held that an earth movement exclusion was not limited solely to damages caused by soil movement. The Court …

Oregon Couple, Water District Sued Over Fatal 2015 Slide

Two sons of an Oregon woman killed when a mudslide plowed through her home last winter are seeking nearly $10 million in a lawsuit filed against a couple and a utility district. Delores Miller, 70, died Dec. 18, 2015, after …

New Research Suggests Washington Landslide No Outlier

Last year’s devastating landslide in Oso was no outlier, according to a new study from the University of Washington. The landslide wiped out a neighborhood north of Seattle and left 43 people dead when it roared down a hillside above …